Women's Equality and the Presidential Election

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- “Just day to day kitchen table issues are really on the forefront of my mind this Women’s Equality Day," Shilpa Phadke, Director of Women's Initiatives at the Center for American Progress said.

Equal pay for equal work. Paid family leave. Pregnancy discrimination. All things Phadke wants to see discussed this presidential campaign. So far, they have been.

"I do feel like these issues are at the center of the conversation for the first time in many years and I think we’re very excited to see what progress we can make," Phadke said.

Hillary Clinton has been vocal about these issues on the campaign trail, and many women are supporting her. Female senators, governors, and members of Congress held a rally in Michigan Friday.

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell said Hillary Clinton has spent her whole life breaking down barriers not only for women but for all working families.

So far, Clinton has been holding the lead over Donald Trump among women voters. But Trump supporters believe just because Clinton is a woman doesn’t mean she should get women's votes.

"Women should not be gender shamed into voting a certain way," Kathryn Serkes, co-chair of Women Vote Trump.

Serkes said her candidate represents the issues women care about just as much if not more than Clinton. Despite comments he’s made about certain women, Serkes says it doesn’t show Trump doesn’t support them.

"Is it that he has given them jobs? Is that a problem? He has, look at the daughters he’s raised, those are strong independent women who have strong voices," Serkes said.

For now, the debate continues. But Phadke wants to make sure discussion of women’s issues doesn’t end when the campaign is over.

“It’s 2016 but we still have a long way to go," Phadke said.

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